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Creating a Graduate Holistic Nursing Program

Purnell, Marguerite J. PhD, RN, AHN-BC; Lange, Bernadette PhD, DNS, AHN-BC

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3182157bf9

In Spring 2010, an innovative Master of Science in Holistic Nursing track was launched in as the realization of a vision for graduate holistic nursing held by the faculty of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in Palm Beach County. As 1 of 6 such tracks in the nation and the only holistic master's program in Florida, there were few guideposts to lead the way. The development of holistic nurse education that answered to student, community, and faculty needs within an unpredictable health care environment involved courage, commitment, and risk taking. The purpose of this article is to describe the philosophical foundations, professional framework, and development process that gave form and shape to the advanced holistic nursing track.

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.

Correspondence: Marguerite J. Purnell, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (

This manuscript acknowledges the visionary spirit of Professor Emerita Eleanor Schuster, DNSc (1932-2001), AHNA Nurse of the Year 1993.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.